Historical Society hosts medical anthropologist

GREENFIELD — While many people enjoy walks in the woods, they need to beware of ticks, mosquitoes and poison ivy while they’re out there, according to medical anthropologist Mary Ryan, owner of Greenfield’s new Blue Dragon Apothecary. She will point out some basic Chinese and Western herbal remedies for these scourges, including Lyme disease, on Aug. 13, at 7 p.m., at the Historical Society of Greenfield.

Herbal remedies are nothing new to Greenfield and Franklin County, she says. Now considered an alternative, they are part of our heritage, along with developments in standard Western medicine. Ryan will address the complementary nature of different medical viewpoints in her talk, including a simple overview of such herbs as Stephania root, Japanese Knotweed and Cat’s Claw.

Ryan graduated from Oxford University with a master’s in human biology and a Ph.D. in medical anthropology and has worked with numerous doctors throughout the Himalayas and in Europe. Locally, she collaborates with medical doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists and works with teens coping with depression and anxiety.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the talk begins at 7. The evening is free and open to the public, although donations are accepted. There will be time after the presentation for questions and conversation. The society is located at 43 Church St.

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